Centurylink Player

CenturyLink Releases a LG Streaming Player For Their Live TV Streaming Service


A couple of weeks ago CenturyLink announced their live TV streaming service. CenturyLink Stream is a new service from CenturyLink that delivers instant access to live and on-demand sports, news, and entertainment programming, including Latino and local channels. It’s available today on Roku players and Roku TVs in the U.S. The service will also work on phones and tablets along with Laptops and PCs.

When it launched they hinted at an Android TV powered custom streaming player and now we know what that will look like. Simply called the CenturyLink Player it is an Android-powered player with 802.11ac dual-band WiFi and 8GB of storage. You will have access to the Google Play Store allowing you to add apps like Netflix and Hulu. Thought to get this player you will need to pay $89.99 on top of the cost of CenturyLink streaming service.

Details:

  • Size: 5.09 in. Length x 5.09 in. Width x 1.25 in. Height
  • Voice Control: Yes
  • Max. Output Video Resolution: 4K HEVC, 1080p
  • OS: Android TV (Marshmallow + GMS)
  • Output: HDMI 2.0
  • Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor
  • RAM: DDR3 2 GB
  • Storage: 2 GB RAM, 8 GB storage
  • Connectivity: 10/100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • What’s Included: CenturyLink Player and Remote Control, Power Adapter, 2 AAA Batteries

CenturyLink Stream offers two base packages – both include  Cloud DVR for recording programs.

▪     The Ultimate package, priced at $45/month, features more than 45 channels, including local ABC NBC, Telemundo, UniMás s, and Univision stations in select markets and national channels, including A&E, CNBC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, HISTORY, MSNBC and USA. New and existing CenturyLink High-Speed Internet (HSI) customers are eligible to receive a $5 monthly discount off the $45 Ultimate package price.

▪     The Latino package, priced at $15/month, features 27 Spanish-speaking channels, including Azteca, BeIn Sports, Discovery en Espanol, ViendoMovies and Univision Networks – Univision Deportes Network, Galavision, Univision, UniMás and others.

The only downside seems to be the lack off any Fox channels. Currently, their site shows no FX, FS1, FOX, and more.

CenturyLink Stream also offers a wide range of add-on genre packages including Kids & Family, Lifestyle, Movies, News & Information, Sports and Variety. Latino genre packages include Deportes and Peliculas with movies from México, Latin America and Hollywood. Subscribers can also rent movies from a large variety of on-demand options and add a la carte premium channels like SHOWTIME®.

After a 7-day free trial, CenturyLink Stream packages start at $15/month with add-on options as low as $5/month. These add-ons include Sports Extra, Disney Family Moviees, Kids & Family, News & Info, and more.

Update: We updated the story to reflect that this is a Android TV device.

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  • Richard smith

    Which is it Android tv or a box that runs Android? To my knowledge Android tv doesn’t have full Google play access.

    • Kawshik Ahmed
      • Nathan John Ganiere

        in other words it’s another android tv option, from looks of it, other than Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield, and the Mi Box………

    • Craig

      Yeah, it’s only going to access the Official Android TV Google Play Store apps. I wish we could less of those crappy android tv boxes running tablet/phone launchers and more actual/official Android TV by Google boxes. It confuses people and most don’t want to use un-optimized user interfaces with complex remotes.

      • Richard smith

        Yeah, that’s want I thought, but were not allowed to call out misinformation.

  • HiroRoshi

    The base channel package is quite poor for price and am not interested but just wondering, do they allow subscribing to service nationwide even if not in a CenturyLink market?

    • Ghostmaker

      Yes they are offering to all markets. This is a cable company opening up a whole new sales method.

      • HiroRoshi

        Will be interesting to see if Charter and other CableCos getting into streaming do this. I think Charter only allows streaming in Charter markets and thinking you have to have Charter Internet to use streaming service.

        • Richard smith

          You won’t get locals out of the Charter market

          • HiroRoshi

            Yeah, they’d have to establish agreements with each one. It’s doable, as YouTubeTV is doing but they may not given TV in general is pretty low margin service.

    • bill biggs

      yes they do

  • paul

    when i click on your link i get This site can’t provide a secure connection

    http://www.centurylinkstream.com sent an invalid response.
    ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

  • Vegas Steve

    Really weird that they felt the need to create their own box when there are so many capable devices out there now.